The Woman in Cabin 10 (ARC) | Book Review

Author: Ruth Ware

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: January 3, 2017


From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.


Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for giving me the opportunity to review Ruth Ware’s latest novel. After enjoying her debut novel so much, I had to make sure to be on the review team for her latest book, The Woman in Cabin 10.

Ruth Ware does it again! First, catching readers attention with In A Dark, Dark Wood, and now with her second novel The Woman In Cabin 10. Ware wastes no time in setting up the storyline. Starting off with a thrilling experience, which leads perfectly into the overall mystery that is to take place.

Lo Blacklock, a column writer, has the opportunity of a lifetime when she is given the chance to participate on a voyage aboard an expensive ship. What starts off as a normal trip, filled with spa treatments and 5-course meals, turns into a deadly occurrence when one of the passengers supposable go ‘missing’. Unnoticed by anyone besides Lo, she sets forth to find this ‘missing’ passengers, which leads her to find more trouble than she bargained for.

Without giving away to much, this novel can be compared to a game of Clue. A ship full of the richest and wealthiest (mostly) people is gathered together in a remote area where a crime takes place. It is a true ‘Who Done It?’ novel. Switching back and forth between the present that Lo is experiencing, and the present that is going on outside of the ship, readers are able to piece together the mystery and solve it before reaching the end of the novel. What you may believe will be completely different in the end, as it is full of twist and turn throughout the entire novel.

I am very honored that I had the opportunity to review this book, and look forward to reading more book from Ruth Ware!



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